Hearing loss is extremely common; nearly 48 million people in Utah and throughout the United States suffer from this condition. For most of these individuals, a hearing aid can be used to treat their hearing loss. But unfortunately, many individuals simply choose to forgo this tried and true treatment for good ol’ fashion denial that anything is wrong.
Audiologists in Nevada think they may have figure out why people are so adamant against using these devices – they think it makes them look old. Not being able to understand the question that someone is asking you makes you look a whole lot older than simply wearing a device in your ear.
Need more reasons to finally call your Southern Utah audiologist? Below are the benefits that experts have linked to the use of a hearing aid.
Improved General Health
Those who decide to seek treatment for their hearing loss see an improvement in their balance and experience a decrease in:
- Feelings of depression
Those who choose to leave their hearing loss untreated are three times more likely to suffer physical injuries, especially falls. They are also at an increased risk of cognitive decline.
Improved Professional Success
Trouble concentrating, especially when communicating with others, is a common symptoms of untreated hearing loss. This can lead to reduced job performance and less monetary compensation.
New research suggests that untreated hearing may make it harder for people to learn new things as it can affect their ability to store new information.
Improved Emotional Well-Being
Those who treat their hearing loss are once again able to navigate the world on their own and overcome a reliance on others; this leads to an increase in sense of control.
Treating your hearing loss leads to reduced periods of social isolation as well as healthier and longer-lasting relationships. In addition, these patients have been shown to have higher self-esteem and quality of life than those who don’t.
The of the most extensive study on the benefits of treating hearing loss was conducted by Better Hearing Institute (BHI).
The study surveyed 2,000 individuals with hearing loss. Of those, 82 percent indicated they would recommend hearing aids to their friends, and 70 percent reported an improved ability to communicate.
The study also concluded patients who used a hearing aid saw improvement in their:
- Sense of Humor
- Mental Health
- Emotional Health
- Physical Health
- Sense of Safety
- Feelings about Self
- Sense of Independence
- Work Relationships.
As you can see, those who decide to follow their audiologist’s advice and seek treatment for their hearing loss can improve more than just their ability to hear; they can improve their quality of life. Contact your Advanced Hearing & Balance audiologist today to start on your own hearing loss journey today.